The town of Santa Cruz de Turrialba is preparing for the 2012 Cheese and Fair Expo to be held on June 30th, July 1st, July 7th, and July 8th. This is a community activity set up to promote their number one economic resource. The cheese production industry employs 96 percent of adults in Santa Cruz, and the Cheese Fair and Expo is an opportunity for neighbors to celebrate their traditions while providing a neat opportunity for rural tourism enthusiasts in Costa Rica to enjoy a unique event.
This will be the eleventh Cheese Fair and Expo in the region. The local community development association organizes the event, which focuses in attracting people to the many dairy products in the region. The main attraction consists of cheese tastings, although the last Sunday of the fair sees the presentation and tasting of the biggest Turrialba cheese hunk in Costa Rica.
Santa Cruz is a rural town that sits on the skirts of the Turrialba volcano. It is home to the most sought-after cheese in Costa Rica, the eponymous Turrialba. The cheese making process in the community has essentially remained the same since 100 years ago. This town boasts more than 250 dairy farms and 150 cheese making operations. Aside from the famed Turrialba, visitors to the Fair and Expo can taste a variety of other cheeses, some which are great to enjoy with wine.
Aside from cheese tastings and dairy farm tours, visitors can enjoy tourist attractions like bird watching, mountain bike riding, hiking, and horseback riding.
Other activities are being planned for the Cheese Fair and Expo, which will be announced soon. For more information on the event, including volcano alerts, the list of presenters and how to get there, please visit the fair’s Facebook Timeline or event page.